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BabyTV is a 24-hour TV network owned by Fox International Channels, which is a division of 21st Century Fox. As its name suggests, the channel broadcasts programming targeted at babies, with shows about learning shapes, colors, words, and basic concepts like big and small.

If you think this channel seems similar to another TV network called BabyFirst TV, you aren't alone. Though BabyTV launched in 2003, some of its current programming is very similar to programming offered by BabyFirst TV, which started three years later. Despite these similarites, the differences between the two networks are clearly visible in both programming and overall branding.

BabyTV didn't come to the United States until January 2011, when Dish Network added the channel to its lineup. But in doing so, Dish dropped BabyFirst TV, which Dish had carried since 2006. Fans of BabyFirst TV weren't happy, and they campaigned on Facebook for its restoration while denouncing BabyTV. Dish eventually restored BabyFirst TV on a separate channel, but also kept BabyTV on the lineup, giving people a chance to compare the two channels' programming, and ultimately decide which one is better.


The channel's programming exhibits the following tropes:

  • Seldom-Seen Species: Sugar Gliders, a gliding possum, appear in an episode of Kids and Pets.
  • Secret Ingredient: In one episode of Charlie and the Numbers, the secret ingredient of ice cream is humour.
  • Series Mascot: Baby Butterfly (see page image above) and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the Tiny Bunch, appear on the channel's logos and promos.
  • Speaking Simlish: Rocco communicates in this way with The Narrator, who relays the plot and what Rocco is up to to the audience.
  • Stock Animal Diet:
    • Rabbit grows a wide variety of vegetables in his patch, including, yes, carrots. Other animals also eat their respective food, Squirrels and nuts, Tortoises and lettuce, Chicks and seeds, Sheep and grass etc.
    • Zigzagged with Rocco. As a squirrel, he is shown eating nuts, but at other times he eats other foods. For example, one episode has him find a way to carry a plum home so he can share it with some birds.
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  • Strictly Formula: Given that the channel's target audience isn't exactly going to follow any complicated story, many of the shorts have much the same in terms of plot. For example, a typical Ahoy Pirates! plot goes as follows: Captain Katie announces that there's treasure on an island, the crew need to find a piece of equipment before leaving, set sail, have an encounter at sea, arrive at the island, solve the puzzles, find the treasure, and have a party with the toys found inside.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: The Narrator for Ahoy Pirates! speaks this way, even adding an "Aaaar, matey!" to the end of the theme song. Averted with the pirates themselves, who are an all female crew.
  • The Rival: BabyFirst TV.


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